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Profile America: Dr. Peter Goldmark and the First LP

Wednesday, June 21 — One man’s devotion to classical music led to a major advance in the music recording industry. Dr. Peter Goldmark of CBS Labs was fed up with the frequent record disc flips and swaps required to play a […]

by · June 21, 2017 · Music, Profile America
Cover of Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1860)

Profile America: The First Dime Novel

Tuesday, June 20 — This month 51 years ago, the Beatles’ song “Paperback Writer” topped the pop music charts in America. This ode to middlebrow writing aspirations followed by 107 years the introduction of paperback books by some earlier Beadles — […]

by · June 20, 2017 · Profile America
Profiled America: Yale Man

Profiled America: Yale Man

Monday, June 19 — The first Chinese student to graduate from an American college was Yung Wing, a naturalized American who received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, this month in 1854. That year, some […]

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

This is one of the nation’s favorite days — Father’s Day.   The occasion dates back to 1910, when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after his wife died. The […]

by · June 18, 2017 · Holidays, Profile America
Digital Debut

Digital Debut

On June 14, 1951, the U.S. Census Bureau was the first civilian institution to enter the computer age. After a dedication ceremony, the 13-ton UNIVAC I began its 12-year — or 73,000-hour — career of number crunching for the Census Bureau. […]

Profile America: Accident Insurance

Profile America: Accident Insurance

Saturday, June 17 — America’s first accident insurance company was chartered on this date in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the Travelers Insurance Company — still with us today as the Travelers Companies — and its first policies insured against […]

by · June 17, 2017 · Profile America
Monroe College Graduation -- President Stephen Jerome confers a degree  to a graduating student.

Profile America: Caps and Gowns Time

Friday, June 16 — It’s time for caps and gowns, carnations, diplomas and lots of pictures. This is the season for graduations — with ceremonies being held all over the country for students from kindergarten to graduate school. Nationwide, there are […]

The first hand-powered cleaner. But the first person to patent a version of the vacuum cleaner is Daniel Hess, from West Union, Iowa, in 1860. (

Profile America: Dust Busting Vacuum Cleaner

Thursday, June 15 — Dealing with one of the oldest challenges to house cleaning — dust — motivated Ives McGaffey of Chicago to patent the first vacuum cleaner in the United States this week in 1869. It was hand powered, made […]

by · June 15, 2017 · History, Profile America
The Homeowners Loan Act provided for loans to homeowners so they could pay their mortgages. This prevented people from going homeless and prevented banks from going under.

Profile America: Help for Homeowners

Tuesday, June 13 — The American dream of owning — and keeping — a home got a lifeline on this date in 1933 with passage of the Homeowners Loan Act. The act provided emergency relief in the depths of the Great Depression, […]

by · June 13, 2017 · History, Housing, Profile America
Loving v. Virginia | American Constitution Society

Profile America: Loving Marriage Rights

Monday, June 12 — The 1960s was a time of great social change, and one of the landmark advances in freedom afforded all Americans by civil rights was made on this date 50 years ago. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a […]

by · June 12, 2017 · Family, History, Law, Profile America
What began as National Automotive Service Professionals Day in 2005 has now expanded into a week-long celebration, honoring automotive service professionals.

Profile America: Celebrating Auto Mechanics

Sunday, June 11 — It used to be that cars were fairly simple to repair, but they often broke down. Modern automobiles have become very reliable. They’ve also gotten extremely complicated — with ABS brakes, traction control, navigation systems and even […]

by · June 11, 2017 · Labor, Profile America
CerealFest – Battle Creek Festivals

Cereal Festival

This year’s annual National Cereal Fest began last Thursday evening in Battle Creek, Michigan, the birthplace of America’s cereal industry. The highlight of the festival in the city that bills itself as the Cereal Capital of the World is the […]

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June 6 - Drive-In Movie Day

Drive-in Movie Day

A major pop culture phenomenon, lasting several decades, began on this date in 1933. With the automobile increasingly reshaping Americans’ habits, Richard Hollingshead opened the nation’s first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey. Soon, drive-in movies became a fixture […]

Profile America: National Dairy Month

Profile America: National Dairy Month

  Wednesday, June 7 — This is National Dairy Month, observed since 1937 when it was called National Milk Month. The makers of butter, cheese and ice cream wanted some recognition, so it shortly changed to its current name, and promotes […]

by · June 7, 2017 · Profile America

The Economist (s)

Monday, June 5 — This date is notable in the realm of economics, for it marks three significant anniversaries in that science. Political economist Adam Smith was born on this date in 1723 in Scotland. In 1883, the prominent 20th century […]